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20 Queso Recipes You’ll Crave Long After Cinco de Mayo

2017 April 25
by Emily Hill

From queso blanco to loaded cowboy queso, these 20 queso recipes will have you wishing Cinco de Mayo was a weekly event!

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20 Queso Recipes You Will Crave Long After Cinco de Mayo - From queso blanco to loaded cowboy queso, these 20 queso recipes will have you wishing Cinco de Mayo was a weekly event! | isthisreallymylife.com


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The upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday is the perfect excuse to round up nearly a couple dozen mouthwatering queso recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I could eat queso any day all day, but I feel like that might not be the healthiest meal plan. With queso on the brain, I wanted to find queso recipes that would get me out of my RO*TEL and Velveeta box. And find them I did. Good luck not making every one of these queso recipes before May 5th!

By the way, if you want to try one of the skillet queso recipes, invest in a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. I have one and I love it not only for hot skillet dips but also skillet cornbread. Mmm…
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Tex Mex queso
Tex Mex queso from Away from the Box

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Tequila lime flaming queso
Tequila lime flaming queso from The Cookie Rookie

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Chorizo queso dip
Chorizo queso dip from Little Figgy Food

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Crock pot queso blanco dip
Crock pot queso blanco dip from Life in the Lofthouse

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5-ingredient white queso
5-ingredient white queso from The Baking Fairy

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Creamy vegan queso
Cream vegan queso from Cookie + Kate

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White spinach queso
White spinach queso from The Recipe Critic

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Loaded cowboy queso
Loaded cowboy queso from The Cookie Rookie (she has a few yummy queso recipes!)

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The best queso cheese sauce
The best queso from A Spicy Perspective

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Easy queso blanco
Easy queso blanco from The Gunny Sack

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Roasted Corn Queso Fundido
Roasted corn queso fundido from Closet Cooking

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Hot queso blanco dip
Hot queso blanco dip from Delightful E Made

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Hatch green chile queso
Hatch green chile queso from Lovely Little Kitchen

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Queso blanco dip with chorizo
Queso blanco dip with chorizo from Will Cook for Smiles

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Vegan queso blanco recipe
Vegan queso blanco from Veggies Don’t Bite

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Green chile skillet queso recipe
Green chile skillet queso from Sweet C’s

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Easy queso blanco with no velveeta
Easy queso dip (with no Velveeta!) from Gimme Some Oven

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Copycat Torchy's queso
Copycat Torchy’s queso from 30 Days

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Crock pot copycat chilis queso
Crock pot copycat Chili’s queso recipe from Tammilee Tips

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Skillet black bean queso dip
Skillet black bean queso dip from Peas & Crayons

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies

2017 April 19
by Emily Hill

These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it’s hard to believe they’re less than 150 calories a serving!

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com


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This is a sponsored post for Purely Inspired; all thoughts and opinions are mine. Post may include affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay anything extra but it will help support this blog.

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Have I told you how much I love peanut butter powder? I use it in delicious healthy snacks like these crunchy peanut butter protein bites and this protein-packed, low-carb chocolate peanut butter smoothie. And yes, I even mix it with the recommended amount of water and use it like I would “normal” peanut butter—on rice cakes, toast and semisweet chocolate chips.

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Purely Inspired powdered peanut butter is the secret to these gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies. (I should throw in some commas there but stylistically I like the name better without them.)

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Purely Inspired powdered peanut butter
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I’m thinking next time I need to make a peanut butter frosting using powdered peanut butter and slather it atop the flourless brownies. It’s a pretty genius way to pack more protein into my diet.

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I was surprised how rich and chocolaty these brownies were considering there’s no flour or refined sugar. Instead, this flourless chocolate brownie recipe features honey and cocoa powder with the aforementioned peanut butter powder. Oh, and a handful of mini semisweet chocolate chips for good measure.

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Don’t be thrown by the dry, crumbly consistency of the batter before adding the water, honey and vanilla. It will moisten up enough for easy spreading in the pan. Once baked, the consistency of these fudgy flourless chocolate brownies is a mix between a dense cake and a brownie. I’d say they lean a little more the direction of cake.

Cake. Brownie. I’ll eat ’em no matter the consistency.

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies below. Enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies
 
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These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it's hard to believe they're less than 150 calories a serving! Makes one 9x9-inch pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Brownies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup Purely Inspired powdered peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup plus 1 T water
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Beat the egg and egg white in a small bowl with a wire whisk.
  3. Combine peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl; mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the whisked egg and egg white; stir. (Mixture will be dry and crumbly.)
  5. Add water, honey and vanilla and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into baking pan. Bake 27 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and edges slightly pull away from sides of pan.
  7. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

 
Gluten-Free Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Brownies -- These gluten-free fudgy flourless chocolate brownies are so rich and chocolaty, it is hard to believe they are less than 150 calories a serving! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are more tasty ways to use peanut butter powder!
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Protein-Packed Low-Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This chocolaty, peanut-buttery, protein-packed smoothie is low carb thanks to unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder and no-calorie sweetener. | isthisreallymylife.com


Protein-packed low-carb chocolate peanut butter smoothie

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Protein Bites -- These crunchy peanut butter protein bites are some of the easiest and tastiest protein bites (aka protein balls) I have ever made! | isthisreallymylife.com


Crunchy peanut butter protein bites

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Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake -- packed with over 30 grams of protein and less than 13 grams of sugar (8 grams from banana). Delicious chocolate peanut butter smoothie taste!


Double peanut butter chocolate protein shake

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars

2017 April 12
by Emily Hill

Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised!

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I love a good cereal bar recipe. From Reese’s Puffs cereal bars to s’mores rice krispie treats, I can’t resist dry cold cereal wrapped in marshmallowy goodness.

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Being the huge Cheerios fan I am, I thought it fitting I come up with a Cheerios cereal bars recipe. Of course, I’m also a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, so it was a logical step to go from plain ol’ Cheerios cereal bars to Cheerios bars with a scotcharoos vibe.

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Good thing Cheerios have more protein, fiber and whole grains and less sugar than Rice Krispies because I ate more than I’d like to admit.

At least I waited until after the photos…

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These scotcharoos Cheerios bars may seem like they have a lot of ingredients, but it’s your basic rice krispies treats recipe with a bit of creamy peanut butter and some chocolate butterscotch frosting (glaze? topping? shmear?).

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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Those three extra ingredients are so totally worth it.

Printable recipe for scotcharoos Cheerios bars below. Enjoy!
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Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars
 
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Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! Makes one 9x13-inch pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 (10-oz) package mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups Cheerios
  • 1 (12-oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch baking chips
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows; stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Fold in peanut butter.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Fold in Cheerios.
  5. Transfer contents to baking dish. Use waxed paper (or your fingers) lightly greased with cooking spray or butter to gently press mixture in pan until evenly distributed.
  6. Microwave semisweet and butterscotch chips in a medium bowl for 30 seconds in microwave; stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments and stirring until completely melted.
  7. Spread over Cheerios bars; allow to set before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

 
Scotcharoos Cheerios Bars -- Scotcharoos Cheerios bars are an easier, healthier alternative to classic scotcharoos. I guarantee your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Smores Rice Krispie Treats -- Classic rice krispie treats are topped with marshmallows, crushed Golden Grahams and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate.


S’mores rice krispie treats

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Reeses Puffs Cereal Bars -- Fans of Reeses Puffs cereal will love the chocolaty, peanut buttery, marshmallowy goodness found in these Reeses Puffs cereal bars! | isthisreallymylife.com


Reese’s Puffs cereal bars

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Lucky Charms Treats -- quick and easy and delightfully delicious!


Lucky Charms treats

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Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats - slight cocoa flavor with a drizzle of white chocolate. Perfect dessert for Valentines Day (or Christmas)!


Red velvet rice krispie treats

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies

2017 April 7
by Emily Hill

These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They’re easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat!

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I never thought I’d make a treat that had the word “bum” in its title, but I didn’t know a better way to describe these adorable Easter cookies. They’re not bunny Oreo cookies; they’re the backside of bunny Oreo cookies. But Bunny backside Oreo cookies didn’t roll off the tongue as easily as bunny bum Oreo cookies, so there you have it. Or there you have them.

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These bunny bum Oreo cookies are a great last-minute Easter treat because they require only a handful of ingredients and are pretty dang easy to make. Plus you get to work with melted chocolate, which means lots of finger licking because it always ends up everywhere.

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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We’ve been on spring break this week so I had Livi and her friend help me in the kitchen. They had so much fun piping the ears and making all kinds of spring shapes with the pink chocolate: flowers, butterflies, hearts. They even piped “Happy Easter!”

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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We learned a few important things while making our bunny bum Oreo cookies:

  • Make the bunny ears long and slender rather than short and round, otherwise they look like mouse ears.
  • Use white sixlets rather than pink for the tail. Pink looks more like a nose.
  • Melted chocolate thickens super quickly when placed on a granite countertop.
  • Handle bunny ears gently; they’re super fragile.
  • Fill in the bunny ears with melted chocolate to make them less fragile.
  • Use mini squeeze bottles for easy chocolate piping.
  • Pipe extra ears because you’re going to have a few casualties.
  • Don’t try to turn them into pops because you’ll break the cookies trying to push even the smallest lollipop stick into them.
  • Applying heart tattoos and bows is optional but not really. I mean, just look at those adorable bunny backsides!

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Yeah, so I bought Golden Double Stuf Oreo cookies thinking the extra filling would allow for a lollipop stick. No such luck. I also learned the Make ‘n Mold pink melting wafers at Hobby Lobby work really well and taste great. Oh, and the package of vanilla almond bark I bought came with a microwaveable tray. How awesome is that?

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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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You could totally use these bunny Oreo cookies on your Easter table and place one bunny cookie at every place setting. You could also gift them to friends and neighbors. Just keep those ears in mind. You’ll want to carefully space them on the plate or they might arrive earless!

Printable recipe for bunny bum Oreo cookies below. Enjoy!
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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies
 
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These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They're easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! Makes approximately 30 cookies.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 1 (15.25-oz) package Golden Double Stuf Oreo cookies
  • 1 (16-oz) package vanilla almond bark (or your favorite white melting chocolate)
  • 1 (12-oz) package pink vanilla melting chocolate
  • White pearl Sixlets
Instructions
  1. Place sheets of parchment paper on the counter or table.
  2. Melt vanilla almond bark according to package directions.
  3. Dip Oreos in almond bark, turning to fully cover all sides. Place on parchment paper.
  4. Melt pink chocolate according to package directions. Pour into mini squeeze bottle and immediately pipe long bunny ears, filling in the ears if you prefer. Pipe any other accents you'd like (bows, hearts, spots).
  5. Attach one white pear Sixlet to the bottom of each cookie using a dot of melted vanilla almond bark. Use melted pink chocolate to attach any accents.
  6. Dot the bottom of each ear with melted vanilla almond bark and place cookie on top. Allow to set before gently removing from parchment paper.

 
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Bunny Bum Oreo Cookies -- These bunny bum Oreo cookies require only four ingredients and less than an hour to make. They are easy, fun and make a great last-minute Easter treat! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Copycat Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs -- If you buy Reeses eggs by the bagful like me, you will absolutely LOVE these copycat Reese's peanut butter eggs. Smooth, creamy, chocolaty and so easy! | isthisreallymylife.com


Copycat Reese’s peanut butter eggs

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com


Glazed coconut scones

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Bushel and a PEEP Free Easter Printable Gift Tag -- quickly and easily turn a package of PEEPS into a perfectly sweet gift for friends, teachers and neighbors!


Free Peeps printable Easter gift tag

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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Glazed Coconut Scones

2017 April 5
by Emily Hill

If you’re a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you’ll love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out!

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I should have said “if you’re a fan of coconut and carbs” because you’ll find both in abundance when making these glazed coconut scones. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’ve been craving a good English scone since I ate one while sitting in the garden area at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was seriously to die for. And while these coconut scones may not be super traditional, they were yummy enough to curb those cravings…for the time being.

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The light, sweet flavor and texture of these scones combined with the powdered sugar glaze and shredded coconut make them perfect for Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch or any springtime brunch. They were much easier to make than I thought and turned out amazingly well despite it being my first time making traditional scones. I consider that a win!

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you can’t find unsweetened coconut at your local grocery store (I found mine in the organic section), you can buy it online. Bob’s Red Mill makes my favorite unsweetened shredded coconut, and if you store it in an airtight container, it stays fresh for quite a while. Or at least long enough to make plenty of scones, chocolate cranberry oatmeal protein bars and my favorite orange oatmeal cookies. Don’t forget to pick up some quality coconut extract while you’re at it!

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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for glazed coconut scones below. Enjoy!
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Glazed Coconut Scones
 
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If you're a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you'll love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! Makes approx. 12 to 14 large scones.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Scones
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
Glaze
  • 2 T milk
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus more if needed
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
Instructions
Scones
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and coconut in a large bowl. Work cubed butter into flour mixture with fingers until crumbly with pea-sized pieces of butter.
  3. Whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla and coconut extract in a medium bowl. Stir into flour mixture until just combined, using hands to lightly knead until no loose flour remains.
  4. Divide dough into 12 to 13 pieces. Place each piece on cookie sheet and form into a mound.
  5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack and cool before topping with glaze.
Glaze
  1. Whisk together milk, coconut extract and powdered sugar in a medium bowl to make a thick glaze. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.
  2. Dip tops of cooled scones in glaze followed by shredded coconut, pressing into place.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

 
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Glazed Coconut Scones -- If you are a fan of coconut and enjoy a good scone, you will love these glazed coconut scones featuring shredded coconut inside and out! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more brunch-friendly recipes you’ll want to pin!

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Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole - This hash brown breakfast casserole is one of our family's favorite breakfast recipes. It's a great one for entertaining guests during the holidays.


Hash brown breakfast casserole

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Peach Crisp Monkey Bread Muffins -- These peach crisp monkey bread muffins combine fresh, diced peaches, a delicious crumble topping and cinnamon roll dough for an easy, scrumptious treat! | isthisreallymylife.com


Peach crisp monkey bread muffins

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Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins -- These skinny lemon poppy seed muffins are a great option for healthy snacking—full of flavor but not full of calories, fat and sugar!


Skinny lemon poppy seed muffins

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Banana Crumb Muffins -- the perfect banana muffin topped with brown sugar and cinnamon.


Banana crumb muffins

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Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.


Lemon cranberry muffins

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!


Double bran muffins (aka Mormon muffins)

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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Compassion & Carmelitas #PrinceOfPeace

2017 March 31
by Emily Hill

What do ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth carmelitas and compassion have in common? They’ve both been perfected by a dear friend of mine.

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Carmelitas -- What do ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth carmelitas and compassion have in common? They've both been perfected by a dear friend of mine. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I have this friend. Her name is Kim. Kim has been my friend since I moved into my neighborhood nearly 17 years ago. We met because we had daughters the same age, and I may have told her daughter the reason she was born was so I could meet her mom.

True story.

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Kim is a lot of things—hard worker, expert grammarian, brilliant student, avid hiker, awesome chef (hello, carmelitas), amazing mom, natural therapist, loyal friend…I could seriously go on for days. But one of the things I love most about her is her compassion. And while she exemplifies the definition of compassion, it’s really all about those synonyms.

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Synonyms of compassion.

You see, Kim is all of these on top of all those other things I mentioned. And her life hasn’t been easy by any means. Yet through it all she’s shown grace, humanity, kindness and tenderness. I’ve experienced it firsthand thanks to:

  • Late-night texts asking how I’m doing when she’s the one pulling 60-hour workweeks as a nurse at our local hospital.
  • Long walks when she lets me vent my mom/wife/blogger frustrations so my head doesn’t explode.
  • Her ability to keep confidences.
  • Loving my family almost as much as I do.
  • Never judging me or my family no matter the craziness.
  • Unfailing support no matter the trial, be it big or small.

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That’s a heck of a lot of compassion, and I didn’t even talk about the example of compassion she’s been for her kids. I will forever remember the way in which she handled one of the hardest trials of her life; it was with an impossible amount of grace and humanity. Truly.

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Kim has pretty much perfected compassion.

And carmelitas. She’s the one who introduced me to them.

I shall love her forever for it.

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Carmelitas -- What do ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth carmelitas and compassion have in common? They've both been perfected by a dear friend of mine. | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you haven’t had carmelitas, I’m your new best friend. Carmelitas are these delicious bars with layers of oatmeal crust, chocolate, pecans, caramel and more oatmeal crust (in that order).

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Carmelitas -- What do ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth carmelitas and compassion have in common? They've both been perfected by a dear friend of mine. | isthisreallymylife.com

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And guess what carmelitas are good for besides late-night snacking? Showing compassion to friends, family and neighbors. Nothing helps lift the spirits like a batch of freshly baked carmelitas (cooled, of course) and a listening ear.

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Carmelitas -- What do ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth carmelitas and compassion have in common? They've both been perfected by a dear friend of mine. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Speaking of compassion—because we’ve been speaking about it A LOT—the upcoming #PrinceOfPeace Easter initiative is all about Christlike compassion and seven other Christlike attributes.

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The foundation of #PrinceOfPeace is from Isaiah 9:6: “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Each day from Palm Sunday (April 9th) through Easter Sunday (April 16th), you’ll get to focus on one of eight Christlike attributes that can lead to greater peace.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always open to feeling more peace in my life.

The eight attributes include Forgiveness, Repentance, Compassion, Faith, Prayer, Hope, Gratitude and God’s Word.

Now you know why I had compassion on my mind…

Each attribute has an accompanying biblical scripture reference; I encourage you to read and highlight them. That way they’re easy to find when you’ve lost that peace we all so desperately need.

To learn more about the eight principles of peace and how they can help bring you closer to the Savior, visit mormon.org.

Printable recipe for Kim’s carmelitas below. Enjoy!
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Carmelitas
 
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Ooey, gooey bars featuring layers of oatmeal crust, caramel, chocolate and pecans. Makes one 9x13-inch pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp bakin soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups salted butter, softened
Filling
  • 1 (17-oz.) jar Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel Topping (or 1½ cups of your favorite caramel ice cream topping)
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.
  2. Blend crust ingredients in a large bowl on medium speed until crumbly.
  3. Press half of crumb mixture (about 4 cups) in bottom of pan; reserve remaining for topping.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven.
  5. Combine caramel topping and 3 T flour in a medium bowl.
  6. Sprinkle warm crust with chocolate chips and nuts. Drizzle evenly with caramel mixture. (If mixture seems too thick to drizzle, try warming for 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave.)
  7. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until filling is set.

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If you’re looking for a way to help share the love and promote Forgiveness, Repentance, Compassion, Faith, Prayer, Hope, Gratitude and God’s Word? Catch “Unsung Heroes Easter Edition”, a Facebook Livestream event on April 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. The Livestream will feature performances by:

Noteworthy
Working With Lemons
One Voice Children’s Choir
Ohana Adventure
Austin Craig
AISU Choirs
Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir
Rhyme Time
Stephen Jones
Utah Valley Children’s Choir
American Heritage Youth Chorus
Missy Lynn
Junior Maile
Amber Lynn Stoppel
Ashley Hess
Nadia Khristean
Monica Moore Smith
LDS Smile
Angela Winston
Rob Landes
Firefly

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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16 Creative Peeps Recipes

2017 March 28
by Emily Hill

Peeps are yummy straight from the package, but these Peeps recipes prove they’re even better dipped in chocolate, baked in a brownie or turned into trifle.

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16 Creative Peeps Recipes -- While Peeps are yummy straight from the package, these Peeps recipes prove they can be even better dipped in chocolate, baked in a brownie and turned into trifle. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Granted, not everyone is a fan of Peeps but that’s okay. It means more Peeps for the rest of us. Whether you prefer bunnies or chicks, classic or chocolate-dipped, there’s a Peeps package for that! While I enjoy Peeps straight from the package (my mom prefers them slightly stale), I’m always open to eating them in other ways. Take the chocolate peanut butter Peeps skillet s’mores—I could eat an entire skillet of that!

If you’re a Peeps lover like myself, you’ll thoroughly enjoy these 16 creative Peeps recipes. In fact, there’s enough time before Easter to make every single one!
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Chocolate peanut butter peeps skillet smores
Chocolate peanut butter Peeps skillet s’mores from How Sweet Eats

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Peeps pops
Peeps pops from Gimme Some Oven

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Peeps pizza
Peeps pizza by Baking Beauty

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Peeps fluffernutter blondies
Peeps fluffernutter blondies from Beantown Baker

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Toasted marshmallow Easter Peeps milkshake
Toasted marshmallow Easter Peeps milkshakes from Shared Appetite

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Peeps smores
Peeps s’mores from Domestic Superhero

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Peeps birds nests
Peeps birds nest from The Pinning Mama

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Easy Peeps rice krispie eggs
Easy, last-minute Peeps rice krispie eggs from Brit+Co

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Bunny Peeps in a blanket brownies
Bunny Peeps in a blanket brownies from Life, Love and Sugar

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Peeps Marshmallow Popcorn Eggs
Peeps marshmallow popcorn eggs from What’s Cooking, Love?

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Peeps candy bars
Peeps candy bars from The Domestic Rebel

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Peeps fruit kabobs
Peeps fruit kabobs from Amee’s Savory Dish

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Easter Peeps pops
Easter Peeps pops from Love from the Oven
These look much easier than the onesie cake pops I attempted…

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Rainbow Peeps trifle
Rainbow Peeps trifle from Shake Bake and Party
I make trifle all the time but it’s always about the chocolate and peanut butter…

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Layered Peeps crispy rice cereal treats
Layered Peeps crispy rice cereal treats from Yellow Bliss Road
Way more colorful than my s’mores rice krispie treats. Maybe make both?

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Swimming Peeps Jello Cups
Swimming Peeps jello cups from The First Year Blog

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If you love gifting Peeps, check out this free Peeps printable Easter gift tag:

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Bushel and a PEEP Free Easter Printable Gift Tag -- quickly and easily turn a package of PEEPS into a perfectly sweet gift for friends, teachers and neighbors!

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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